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December 2016 Urban Sampler: LIQUID CHEER!

The Urban Grape | 12/16 Sampler

LIQUID CHEER! December 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Can you feel it? Holiday spirit is in the air! December ushers in holiday festivities such as gifting, baking, hosting and of course drinking! Tinsel and glitter dust the town to make the holiday season a bit brighter and merrier. The Urban Grape had joined in the fun with December Sampler “Liquid Cheer!” Each wine is perfect for an evening with friends and family. We are featuring a sparkling for holiday toasting, a white to sip on while baking cookies, a light red for hors d’oeuvres and a medium-bodied red for the main course. This Urban Sampler is a sure fire way to bring “Liquid Cheer” to those near and dear!

NV Marsuret Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry (Veneto, Italy)

You can’t celebrate the holiday season without a little bubbly! Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry is a classic Prosecco sourced from estate-grown fruit. This Prosecco combines the characteristic aromatic essence with notable acidity. Fresh, light and fruit- forward, Marsuret is perfect for any holiday toast!

2015 Tire Bouchon Sauvignon Blanc (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Sometimes the holiday season (and the bountiful array of treats that comes with it) can leave you feeling a bit heavy. Lucky for you, this Tire Bouchon Sauvignon Blanc could never weigh you down. It’s fresh with mineral aromas and, green apple and citrus avors on the palate. Shake up the season with a light white to pair with any festive salad, or sh dish!

2015 Guidobono Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)

Somehow Barbera wine tastes both rich and light- bodied. Why is that? Well, one reason is that it has dark staining pigments that dye the wine to near-black. However, the taste of Barbera has notes of strawberry and sour cherry: avors synonymous with light-bodied wines. Try this juicy wine with meats, mushrooms, root vegetables & braised greens. The perfect compliment to any holiday dinner spread!

2012 Chateau Paveil de Luze Petit Paveil (Bordeaux, France)

This is perfect sipping wine for decorating your tree or putting up lights around the house! Ruby red, fruity, with appearing freshness combined with supple tannins make this a very enjoyable wine that can stand up to complex dishes such as roast beef.

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THANKSGIVING WINE PAIRING JUST GOT EASIER!

Thanksgiving Sampler

 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Everyone gathers around in the kitchen and the room swells with the heady scents of the season.  Most of my memories of Thanksgiving take place in the kitchen and wine is an essential ingredient. In the words of Julia Child “…sometimes I even put it in the food.” Pairing wines for Thanksgiving can be easy!

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November 2016 Urban Sampler

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Grape-ful Gathering!

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Thanksgiving is one of the UG’s favorite holidays because it is filled with family, friends and sensational smells wafting from the kitchen. There is nothing more special than leaving your stresses behind and spending the day with family, friends and of course good wine! Get into the turkey-coma spirit with UG’s “Grape-Ful Gathering” Urban Sampler featuring four American wines, which pair perfectly with turkey and all the T-Day sides and fixings! Raise a glass and give thanks for America’s bountiful wine harvest with UG’s Urban Sampler!

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“Portuguese, If You Please!” October 2016 Urban Sampler

 

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“Portuguese, If You Please!” Urban Sampler 

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

 

October welcomes back sweater weather and fall festivities such as Oktoberfest, Leaf-Peeping and Trick-or-Treating! What better what better way to celebrate than with October’s “Portuguese, If You Please” Urban Sampler? Because Portugal’s wine culture developed in relative isolation, there are many grape varieties that do not grow anywhere else in the world. The vast majority of wines in Portugal come from indigenous grapes that are delicious to drink and are easy on the wallet. Many wine experts feel Portugal is the last frontier of wine in Western Europe. There is still so much to be discovered. Portugal offers so much excitement, we packaged up our favorites for you to try! Grab some pao de Mafra and some charcuterie and enjoy this month’s Urban Sampler, the perfect pairing to any festive fall festivity!

 

2015 Beyra Vinho Branco (Beira Interior, Portugal)

Roupeiro and Fonte Cal

This fresh wine offers citrus fruitiness, white flowers, and great acidity on the palate, stemming from the altitude of the vineyards. The soul of this wine lies in the unique combination of the Síria and Fonte Cal native grape varieties. This wine would be excellent as an aperitif, with appetizers, or to share with friends!

 

2015 Compania de Vinos del Atlantico “Asnella” Single Vineyard Vinho Verde (Basto, Portugal)

60% Arinto, 40% Loureiro

Fan favorite alert! Asnella is a single vineyard Vinho Verde that exposes an unexplored side of the Vinho Verde DOC. In addition to the delicious, lightly effervescent aperitif-style wines that are most frequently exported from this part of Northern Portugal, there is a whole category of terroir-driven, artisan wines that has heretofore gone unnoticed. The flinty minerality and bright fruit on the Asnella make it an ideal pair for oysters, as well as shrimp, clams, mussels and other seafood.

 

2013 Quinta do Crasto “Flor de Crasto” (Douro, Portugal)

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca & Touriga Nacional

A lip-smacking blend of Portuguese star grapes! This wine is would be perfect to sip on while watching the leaves change. It’s medium bodied, fruity and dry with fresh acidity. Abundant aromas and flavors of ripe berries with a touch of spice! Great pairing with beef empanadas, or lamb with garlic and rosemary, YUM!

 

2013 Casa Ferreirinha “Esteva” (Douro Valley, Portugal)

35% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional

Esteva comes from the Northern Douro region and is majority Tinta Roiz (also know as Tempranillo in Spain!). It’s a ruby-colored wine with an intense bouquet, rich in ripe red berries, floral notes, and woody aromas. Expect fine structure with well-integrated tannins, red berries and a hint of pepper! Try pairing with some baby back ribs, or aged cheeses!

 

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September Urban Sampler: GRENACHE WITH PANACHE

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September 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

 

“Grenache with Panache” Urban Sampler

September signals the end of summer and the start of the school year. Just because you aren’t still enrolled in school, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new! The Urban Grape has taken this opportunity to help further your wine education with September’s Urban Sampler, “Grenache with Panache” featuring sparkling, white, rosé and red Grenache. Grenache Noir, (or as it’s known in Spain, as Garnacha Negra), is one of the most widely planted red grapes in the world. But don’t forget about Grenache blanc, the green-skinned cousin to purple-skinned Grenache Noir typically planted all over Southern France and parts of Spain. Sample your way through four fantastic Spanish Grenache wines to further your grape education this September!

 

 NV Isaac Fernandez Seleccion “Biutiful” Brut Cava Rose (Requena, Spain)

100% Garnacha

The Biutiful Cavas are produced at a winery created in 2007 utilizing the latest technology for the production of Cava (the Spanish equivalent to Champagne). This rosé shows beautiful (biutiful) Grenache aromas and flavors of fresh strawberry and a creamy, soft mousse. Pop it open alongside Pork Braised in Champagne Vinegar!

2015 Viña Zorzal Garnacha Blanca (Navarra, Spain)

100% Garnacha Blanca

The Viña Zorzal Grenache vineyards have unique quality factors such as high altitude vines, continental climate, and stony soil. This wine is dry and fresh with a medium body and citrus and stone fruit flavors. Perfect paired with lemon herb chicken!

2015 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra Rosat (Catalonia, Spain)

100%Garnacha Negra

These grapes are picked earlier than they would be for red wine, keeping potential alcohol levels lower. Upon entering the winery, the grapes are crushed, chilled and sent directly to the press where they macerate on skins for 2-3 hours. A delicate floral aroma is followed by light, fresh taste with a hint of sweetness. This Rosat is amazing with classic Spanish charcuterie or a simple tomato sprinkled with sea salt!

2014 Lechuza Old Vine Garnacha (Aragon, Spain)

100% Old Vine Garnacha

Named Lechuza, for the owls that are so prevalent in the area, this Garnacha comes from ancient plots of old vine Garnacha. Beautiful scents of violets and wild berries are met by rich flavors of blackberry and blueberry. A full-throttle wine with big flavors and rich texture is perfect to sip on while making the kid’s back to school shopping list! Also perfect with weeknight pizza!

 

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August Urban Sampler: PORCH POUNDERS!

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August 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

“Porch Pounders” Urban Sampler

The best moments of summer are those carefree days where you can sit and relax without a worry in the world. These moments of relaxation are often aided by a great wine that refreshes the palate like a cold glass of lemonade. Enjoy these Porch Pounders from our Urban Sampler 4-pack, which are the perfect wines to enjoy summer sipping wherever your “porch” may be. Let your last dog days of summer be worry free with wines that are crisp, refreshing and delicious till the last drop!

NV El Xamfrà Cava Brut (Penedes, Spain) 

Macabeo, Xarel·lo, Parellada

El Xamfra has been making great cava since 1987 in Spain’s Penedes region right outside of Barcelona. Cava is Spanish sparkling wine, made the same method as Champagne, but with indigenous Spanish grapes. This bubbly is Spain’s answer to Champagne, but at an excellent value! Pop open for a perfect summer sunset toast!

2014 Pedra Cancella “Seleção do Enólogo 4W (Dão, Portugal)

Malvasia, Encruzado

Joao Paul Gouveia is the owner of his family’s vineyard Pedra Cancela, located on slopes above the Dao River. Pedra’s wines are highly polished, modern-leaning examples of Dao. This beautifully balanced wine offers up a lovely mix of freshness and florals from Malvasina-Fina and rich textures from Encruzado.  Sip the day away on the back deck with this creamy smooth white wine with a long-lasting finish.

2015 Lieu-dit Cocagne Rose (Coteaux du Vendomois-Loire Valley, France)

100% Pineau D’Aunis

The rosé is made by a cooperative in Vendomois that was established in 1921.  Today they have 12 independent winemakers and 25 wine growers.  This rose of pineau d’aunis has racy minerality, blazing acidity, and red cranberry tartness. Absolutely divine with summer cold cuts, avocado salads, and tuna dishes!

2015 Tenuta di Gracciano Rosato di Toscana (Tuscany, Italy)

100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese)

The Gracciano Estate is one of the oldest wineries in the Montepulciano region. The vines grow on the clay and silty soil of the Gracciano hills, one of the oldest crus of Montepulciano. This rose features hints of cherry, raspberry, and rose. The palate is fresh, with a fruity finish making it excellent with pizza and charcuterie.

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JULY URBAN SAMPLER: RED, WHITE & BBQ!

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July 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Red, White and BBQ! Urban Sampler

Summer is officially here, and the UG has an exciting lineup of wines to keep your palate refreshed! Our July, “Red, White & BBQ” Urban Sampler delivers four wines which are great to bring to your rooftop get-togethers, 4th of July parties, beach outings, and of course — backyard BBQs. Bring this month’s Urban Sampler along on your summer getaways and keep the good vibes going with these crowd-pleasing, thirst-quenching wines!

2014 Caves de Pomerol Picpoul de Pinet 2W 100% Picpoul (Languedoc, France)

Located along the southwestern shores of the Mediterranean in France’s Languedoc, this “Muscadet of the South” is made with picpoul grapes. Pale yellow in color and showing aromas of grapefruit and exotic fruit, this wine delivers great acidity on the palate. A perfect mate with fresh shellfish and seafood this summer!

2015 J. Portugal Ramos Vinho Verde Rosado P 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Espadeiro, 30% Padeiro (Alentejo, Portugal)    

 João Portugal Ramos, one of Portugal’s most famous winemakers crafts his Vinho Verde Rosado from Touriga Nacional, Padeiro and Espa grapes. This Rosado is bright pink in color and offers fresh fruit aromas on the nose and a long finish on the palate. Perfect as an aperitif, or try with tuna sashimi!

2013 Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 3R 100% Montepulciano (Abruzzo, Italy)

Located in the heart of the Abruzzo, at the foot of the Gran Sasso Mountains, the village of Capestrano is home to an ideal microclimate for growing the Montepulciano varietal. The Capestrano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a pleasant medium-bodied wine with aromas and flavors of black cherry, blueberry and plum, and pairs well with a variety of dishes such pizzas, pastas, and cheeses.

2014 Escarlata Red Blend 5R 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 20% Carmenere, 20% Malbec (Valle del Curicó, Chile)

The Escarlata is a red blend of estate grapes grown in Chile’s Colchagua Valley. This four varietal blend exhibits vibrant fresh fruit and a touch of oak to add depth and complexity. Enjoy with dinner, or solo!

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June Urban Sampler: Summer Crush!

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June 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

Summer Crush! Urban Sampler

It is finally heating up and Urban Grape has the perfect companion to enliven your summer escapades. Our June, “Summer Crush” Urban Sampler delivers four wines that are perfect to bring on outdoor dates such as the beach, boat, and backyard BBQs. Introduce this summer crush to friends and family and receive unanimous approval! These wines are perfectly crushable and easy access-no corkscrew necessary!

NV Les Vins Breban Bo Rivage Blanc de Blancs Brut 80% Ugni Blanc, 20% Colombard (Provence, France)

Owner, Jean-Jacques Bréban has partnerships with more than 20 producers, which work in collaboration with “Vins Bréban” in the Var department of Provence. Ugni-Blanc and Colombard are traditional grape varietals, highly appreciated for their aromatic qualities. Bo Rivage Brut is a delightful, refreshing and well-balanced sparkling, which begs for a beachfront view and shellfish!

NV Solimar Vinho Verde 1W Loureiro and Azal (Minho, Portugal)

Northwestern Portugal is home to the Vinho Verde region, producing lovely zingy whites from local grapes. “Verde” meaning green refers to the tradition of drinking Vinho Verde wines while they are young. This fizzy wine with delicate citrus and melon aromas will pair nicely with Asian summer rolls and summer scorchers!

2015 DeMorgenzon “DMZ” Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

DeMorgenzon pipes Baroque music through the vineyards 24×7 because they believe the power of music positively influences the ripening process. This crowd-pleasing rosé combines New World-style fruit with Old World-style elegance. Fire up the grill, this rosé is a match with veggie, or chicken kebabs!

2014 Vina Herminia Tempranillo 4R Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)

The highest respect for centuries-old traditions, combined with the best terroir in addition to the latest technology summarizes the philosophy at Viña Herminia. This medium bodied Rioja with a long fruity finish makes a perfect threesome with burgers and summer sunsets!

 

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May Urban Sampler: Les Rosés Français!

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May 2016 Urban Sampler 

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

“Les Rosés Français!” Urban Sampler
Experience everything French Rosé has to offer with our “Les Rosés Français” May Sampler. Although Provence is often considered the epicenter of rosé, other examples can also be found along the Mediterranean where regional varieties are blended together creating bolder, earthier wines. Expect to find zippier rosés from the Loire Valley where flavors of citrus, mint and even bell pepper are common. In Bordeaux, rosé can lean toward the fruity side with aromas of strawberry and peaches. Experience the ultimate Tour de Rosé— the perfect accompaniment to a Memorial weekend BBQ, or Mother’s Day celebration!

2015 Chateau Nicot Rosé 
50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux)
Château Nicot is a small Bordeaux property on the Right Bank. Bordeaux rosés typically blend Merlot, which contributes softness, while Cabernet contributes a fresh, grassy, and herbal character. Bordeaux rosé is best enjoyed with seafood!

2015 Alliance Loire Cour de Rohan Rosé
100% Gamay (Coteaux D’Anciens, Loire Valley)
Alliance Loire is a cooperative winery leveraging the combined talents, resources and vineyards of growers situated across several winegrowing villages. This rosé boasts ripe strawberry fruits with attractive acidity and beautiful aromatics. Enjoy with Bucheron Goat cheese!

2015 Chateau Montfaucon ‘Les Gardettes” Rosé
Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache (Rhone Valley)
The history of Château de Montfaucon dates back to the 11th century. Les Gardettes are the two towers that guard the entrance to the castle. Les Gardettes rosé is a rosé de saignée, which pairs better with heartier dishes such as eggplant Provençal or roasted chicken with olives, tomato and basil.

2015 Terra Santa Rosé
100% Sciaccarellu (Corsica)
The Terra Santa vineyards, on the East coast of Corsica, are located between sea and mountain. Because of this ideal setting, the summer heat and the freshness of the night alternatively bath the vineyard. A great BBQ rosé, with peach and watermelon notes make it an ideal partner to accompany salads, and grilled meats.

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“Tax Free Trip to the Pacific Northwest!” with UG’s April Sampler

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April 2016 Urban Sampler
Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

“Tax Free Trip to the Pacific Northwest!” Urban Sampler
Congratulations, The Urban Grape offers you a special tax break this April featuring four delicious wines in our “Tax Free Trip to the Pacific Northwest” Urban Sampler. These wines from Oregon and Washington serve as a welcome break from our least favorite April chores: spring-cleaning and filing taxes. Though we think of Pacific Northwesterners living in a continuous rainy season, the eastern part of Oregon and Washington is actually in a rain shadow, ideal for grape growing! Enjoy this tax-free sampler— the perfect reward to a taxing season!

2013 Peralta Pinot Grigio (Yakima Valley, WA) 3W

We’ve come to expect great Pinot Gris from Oregon, but in a delightful twist, experience this Washington Pinot Grigio, which will send your spring into full bloom! The wine is nicely balanced with a creamy citrusy finish. Pairs well with any fresh catch!

2015 Anew Rose (Columbia Valley, WA) P
Syrah and Sangiovese Blend
ANEW wines are produced by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington and showcase the regional expression of the Columbia Valley. This crisp, vibrant and dry rose is a great match for goat cheese-centric dishes.

2014 Union Wine Company Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, OR) 2R
This Pinot draws from vineyards across the state representing the hard working people of Oregon. Each site adds its unique mark to the final blend, which highlights the juicy flavors of Oregon Pinot at an extraordinary price. Perfect with Tuna Tartar, or BBQ Chicken!

2013 Portteus Bistro Red (Yakima Valley, WA) 5R
58% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Franc
The Portteus “Bistro Red” is a wine intended for everyday enjoyment. Much of Paul Portteus’ wine philosophy revolves around affordable wine made to drink often. Cherry, raspberry, currant and licorice notes pair well with rainy April evenings and steak frites.

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